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Will my facial hair grow back after radiation therapy?

Will my facial hair grow back after radiation therapy?

Possibly: Assuming you lost the hair from treatment for a cancer in the oral cavity or pharynx, it would depend on the technique. These days most radiation doctors use imrt for head and neck cancers. This distributes the radiation widely and therefore less dose directly to the skin versus older methods. Often in this case the hair will grow back but sometimes more sparsely. ...Read more

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Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more


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How long does it take for hair to grow back after radiation therapy?

How long does it take for hair to grow back after radiation therapy?

Not applicable: Generally radiation dose not cause hair loss, only during brain radiation. This is usually an issue with chemotherapy after chemotherapy it usually takes 3 weeks to notice hair growth, but several months to "regain" your hair. ...Read more

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How long will it take for hair to grow back after receiving radiation therapy on the head?

How long will it take for hair to grow back after receiving radiation therapy on the head?

Yes.: Radiation or chemotherapy drugs are toxic to cells that are rapidly dividing. This means they specifically target cancer cells, but they also kill healthy cells that grow quickly. This includes hair cells (causing baldness/alopecia) and stomach cells (causing nausea or mucositis). Once the chemo or radiation is stopped, the side effects go away and hair should grow back. ...Read more

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How long does it take to start growing hair back after radiation therapy?

Weeks, Months: Some patients have hair regrowth in a few weeks to months. Others, depending on the area treated may never have hair regrowth. ...Read more

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How long does it takes for facial hair to grow back after radiation?

How long does it takes for facial hair to grow back after radiation?

Weeks to months.: If you have radiation for 'head & neck' cancer, facial hair might take weeks to months to grow back. It is possible too that facial hair might not ever regrow. ...Read more

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If a 2year old girl accidently used a razor on her face once, will her facial hair grow back the way it was or thicker?thank you so much in advance

If a 2year old girl accidently used a razor on her face once, will her facial hair grow back the way it was or thicker?thank you so much in advance

Way it was: Only with repeated shaving does the hair grow back thicker after stimulation of the hair follicles repeatedly. A one time shave in a 2 year old is not going to change anything. ...Read more

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If I shave does my facial hair grow back thicker and faster?

If I shave does my facial hair grow back thicker and faster?

No: Hair is dead. It does not know if you are cutting it or not. Neither does your body. It is an old wives tale that started because when young boys became men and started shaving, their hair got thicker due to testosterone increases, not shaving. Short hair can feel stiffer but that is a mechanical issue, it just feels stiffer, it is not thicker. ...Read more

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Does burnt facial hair grow back normally?

Does burnt facial hair grow back normally?

Yes: If the hair itself is burnt , new hair will grow in it's place unless the burn was deep enough to cause damage to the underlying hair root. ...Read more

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Will my hair fall out during radiation therapy?

Will my hair fall out during radiation therapy?

In area treated: You will lose hair only in the area that is being directly treated. ...Read more

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Facial Hair (Definition)

Facial hair is a physical characteristic usually found on males where hair grows around the chin and lower portion of the face. The development of facial hair usually begins during puberty. Additionally women can occasionally develop facial hair but it usually happens when hormone levels change, ...Read more


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Radiation Therapy (Definition)

Radiation therapy is a common cancer treatment with the potential to have harmful side effects on a ...Read more